Sponsored Post: Beware of Counterfeit Botox

Dr. David Bank from The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Warns Us

January 20, 2017

When was the last time you went to a doctor and asked to see a medication’s label? Probably never. People generally trust physicians to provide legitimate products when they are being injected into our bodies. And the vast majority of the time, there’s nothing to worry about. But if you’ve ever had BOTOX® or are curious about it (who isn’t?), it’s important to be cautious. Checking the product label may help avoid getting injected with a counterfeit or diluted version of the popular wrinkle-reducing treatment.


“BOTOX was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002 and was used to treat other medical conditions for many years before then,” says Dr. David Bank, a board-certified dermatologist at The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Mt. Kisco. Dr. Bank also mentions that “because of its muscle-relaxing properties, BOTOX was originally used to treat eyelid twitches, overactive bladder, and other conditions caused by muscle spasms. Thanks to its FDA approval, the safety and reliability of BOTOX is well documented.”

The key, then, is ensuring the BOTOX used by the person performing the injections is authentic.

An authentic Allergan package of BOTOX includes a distinctive hologram on the label and is manufactured in Irvine, Calif. But counterfeit packaging can be difficult to distinguish from the real thing, so the best way to have peace of mind when getting a treatment is to choose your provider wisely. Don’t just Google “BOTOX near me” and trust that you’ll be seeing a reputable physician.

Clinics can buy BOTOX from Canada or Europe that is imported illegally, and you won’t necessarily know the difference. Some people shop around for the best deal on BOTOX injections, but remember that old saying — if a price sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Avoid “BOTOX parties” or Groupon deals when getting injections. Instead, find a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon and look up the specialist you’re considering online to see reviews and browse his or her practice’s website. It’s very unlikely that board-certified specialists would risk their medical licenses by using counterfeit BOTOX.

Overall, remember: Bargain hunting is great when you’re shopping for clothes. When it comes to medical procedures, go with quality.

How to Prevent the Spread of Germs

Dr. Bradley Adler of Scarsdale Medical Groups Gives Us His Tips.

January 19, 2017

This post was brought to you by Scarsdale Medical Group.

‘Tis the season for colds, the flu, strep throat and everything in between. It’s almost impossible to keep our kids (and ourselves) healthy, so we asked Dr. Bradley Adler from Scarsdale Medical Group how we can do our best to avoid getting and spreading germs.

how to prevent the spread of germs

How can we avoid contact with germs? 

“Without a doubt, hand washing is the best way to avoid germs,” says Dr. Adler. Patients always ask him why he doesn’t get sick and he credits hand washing before and after every patient contact, using a quick alcohol based disinfectant, if necessary. Your risk of germ exposure is decreased significantly when you wash your hands after contact (a handshake, for example) and take care not to touch your own face or mouth after you’ve touched shared objects such as keyboards and doorknobs.

Dr. Adler adds that our own homes pose one of the biggest risks to getting germs because we let our guard down around family. “That’s where everyone makes mistakes,” he says. Our kids carry the most germs from their contact with others at school. “It is so important to teach kids to wash when they get home and after playing before dinner, especially when they have illnesses themselves.” But how can you stop a sick, sweet child from kissing and snuggling you? “Good luck to us all on that one,” says Dr. Adler.

Technique is important when it comes to hand washing. Dr. Adler recommends clasping fingers together to get web spaces and to wash for at least 20 seconds. A good tip for kids is to sing the whole Happy Birthday song while washing.

Does hand sanitizer work?

In a pinch, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are all pretty good, according to Dr. Adler. They have been proven to kill both gram-positive and gram-negative organisms as well as some viral pathogens, including influenza virus. “Carrying a portable hand sanitizer is worth it for those times when we don’t have access to a sink,” says Dr. Adler.

If you’re sick, you can prevent spreading germs.

When it comes to being sick, Dr. Adler suggests coughing into your armpit to keep germs to yourself and minimize their spread. Try to avoid coughing in your hands, but if you do, wash your hands immediately afterwards.

What’s the best way to boost immunity?

There haven’t been any vitamins or supplements that have proven efficacious at boosting the immune system in any significant way. Dr. Adler believes, however, that “our immune system is weakened by sleep deprivation and stress, physical and emotional. Work and family stressors and sleep deprivation definitely weaken our bodies and play a role in our physical health.” So the best way to boost immunity is to get as much rest as you can. 

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Bradley K. Adler, MD is board-certified in Internal Medicine and has been in private practice since 2002. He is open-minded and passionate about the medical care he provides, enjoys educating his patients about their illnesses, and motivates them to live a healthy life style. He is intent on creating a friendly, relaxed doctor-patient experience.

The provision of high-quality, personalized health care to Westchester County and New York’s Hudson Valley region has been the mission of Scarsdale Medical Group since 1957. Their working philosophy of compassion, confidence, and commitment has enabled them to become known and respected by patients and peers throughout the tri-state area.

Scarsdale Medical Group, 600 Mamaroneck Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528; 914-723-8100




Every year Trader Joe’s asks its shoppers to vote for their favorite products, and the latest crop of winners were recently released. In case you haven’t tried these tasties yet, pop them in your cart the next time around.

Overall Favorite Award goes to: Mandarin Orange Chicken


Honorable mentions go to:
Cookie Butter
Joe’s Diner Mac ‘n Cheese
Triple Ginger Snaps


Favorite Bakery Award goes to: Soft Pretzel Stick


Favorite Beverage Award goes to: Spiced Cider


Favorite Candy Award goes to: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups


Favorite Cheese Award goes to: Unexpected Cheddar


Favorite Snack Award goes to: Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels


Day at the New York Hall of Science

The Queens science museum is closer than you think.

January 16, 2017

Over the holiday break last month we hopped over the Whitestone Bridge, into Queens, to visit the New York Hall of Science. It took less than half an hour to get there from lower Westchester. Having grown up in Queens, I used to go all the time as a kid, but haven’t been in more than 20 years. Since my last visit, the Hall of Science has undergone an extensive renovation, and the impressive early-model rockets by the entryway that were donated by the Space Program have been restored.

hall of science rockets

This is the perfect place to come with small children. It’s not so big that it’s overwhelming, and just about every exhibit is hands-on or experiential, from the optical illusion centers to the hall of mirrors to the STEM-related stations. Even if the kids can’t understand the science behind everything, they’re always allowed to play with the equipment — and sometimes that’s all you need. Plus, the staff of young docents couldn’t be more friendly or helpful.

new york hall of science

hall of mirrors new york hall of science

bubble table hall of science queens

The entire first floor is dedicated to science-related arts and crafts. On the day we visited, there was a makerspace area, a section for costume design, a dowel structure station and a metal sculpture workshop. At the dowel structure station, we were given a tutorial on how to fasten together dowels with rubber bands to construct stable structures. My kids spent more than half an hour playing architect and trying to build a house that would stand on its own.

dowel construction new york hall of science

steam programming at nysci

Also available at the Hall of Science are 3D movies, a space-themed mini-golf course, and a playground. The cafeteria is large and airy; we packed a lunch to bring, although they serve hot and cold prepared foods as well. Or venture out into Corona, home to tiny but fantastic taco joints and the famous Lemon Ice King. Food doesn’t get more authentic than it does in Queens!

New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Corona, NY; (718) 699-0005

Sponsored Post: It’s Time to Think About Camp! Beth El Day Camp, That Is

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January 13, 2017

It’s hard to believe, but it’s time to start thinking about summer camp! Beth El Day Camp in New Rochelle will be offering its highly-regarded summer camp program for its 65th year from June 26 to August 11 for children ages 2 to 8. Accredited by the American Camp Association, Beth El Day Camp has an unrivaled staff-camper ratio and is known for its nurturing environment, cutting-edge programming and commitment to safety.

Girls on slide

Beth El Day Camp is not your ordinary run-of-the-mill summer camp. Its programs span a wide range of guided activities to help young children develop new skills, make friends, build self-esteem, and develop a love for creativity and self-expression. Children participate in a multitude of sports and games, including soccer, softball and basketball. Music, dancing, karate concepts, magic, cooking and crafts are also offered, in addition to their creative nature program. Children swim twice a day in the large, solar-heated pool as part of the American Red Cross Swim program. And theme days like Truck Day, the Olympics and the popular Carnival Day are just some of the summer highlights at Camp Beth El. Camp is in session on July 3 and 4.

Counselor and camper in pool

The kids are sure to work up an appetite, and Camp Beth El does not fall short when it comes to food! Nutritious (kosher) lunches are served every day, including barbecues and snacks in the air-conditioned lunchroom.  There is something for even the pickiest palate, and the entire camp is nut-free. There is even a gluten-free (worry-free!) menu available. Every Friday, campers are treated to grape juice and freshly baked challah to celebrate Shabbat.

Mermaids on grassy knoll

There are customized half-day, extended-day and full-day programs available by age groups.  The 2-year-old program meets three mornings a week from 9am to noon.  The 3-year-old programs run Monday to Friday, 8:40am to 1pm OR 8:40am- 2:15pm, and includes lunch. The 4-year-old program runs Monday to Friday from 8:40am to either 2:15pm or 4pm.  And children ages 5 to 8 will enjoy a full day of fun! Early drop-off and late pick-up options are available.

Learn about how it’ll be a “Souper” Summer at Beth El Day Camp on Thursday, Feb. 2, or Friday, Feb. 3, from 9:15am to 10:15am. Meet the staff and take home a fresh quart of homemade soup. No RSVP needed, just come over!  

PLUS, visit Beth El Day Camp during the upcoming school holidays for entertainment and fun!


  • Monday, Jan. 16 (MLK Day), 10am. Enjoy a fun-filled concert with Bobby Doowah!
  • Monday, Feb. 20 (President’s Day), 10am. Chip Bryant’s comedic show makes the usual unusual. Chip’s performance through problem solving displays a comical sense of creativity, conflict, wonder and surprise. The interactive experience promotes skills in problem solving, focus, body awareness, and group participation. Includes a blend of mime, clowning, juggling, magic, puppetry and music.

For each event: $5/child, $10/family cap. Children 2 and younger, no charge. Cash only, no checks. Healthy fruit snacks provided.

For more information, please contact camp director Julie Rockowitz at 914-235-2700 ext. 256 or jrockowitz@bethelnr.org.

Beth El Day Camp, 1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle; 914-235-2700 ext. 256


The snow was coming down outside, but inside Scribble Art Workshop in Dobbs Ferry my 6-year-old son and I were painting and layering cut-out pieces of fabric and tissue paper to make one-of-a-kind collages. “We can use anything up there?” he asked, gazing up at a towering wall of art supplies.

“Anything,” I said, pulling down a bin of wires, another of threads. He wanted to incorporate both into his picture.


Every Saturday from 10am to 2pm, Scribble Art Workshop invites children ages 4+ to get creative in their art studio. And that means while there’s a suggested project at hand — sometimes it’s clay making, other times painting with a theme — you can use any of the colorful art tools on the wall in your project. Markers, brush pens, charcoal, craypas, sharpies, cool-colored pencils and warm-colored ones, long-armed paintbrushes with bushy bristles or skinny ones with fine tips. There are even pipettes to test out watercolors.


It costs $15 per child and you can stay as long as you want. Since it’s not drop-off, it also gives you something to bond over, especially on a cold day. Be sure to check out their roster of weekend classes for kids ages 2 to 10 years old. They offer everything from fashion design to woodworking. And for grown ups, there’s naked painting, which is only for the brave.

With temperatures suddenly plummeting, I find myself turning to my comfort food of choice: Asian noodle soups. This was a problem a few years ago, when Westchester restaurants that offered noodle soups were few and far between, but today there are plenty of authentic and delicious choices. I recently went on a little food tour to find the best that Westchester has to offer.


Tonkotsu Ramen at Ramensque
A foodie friend recently recommended to me the ramen at Ramenesque, with locations in Thornwood and Peekskill. The tonkotsu ramen, a spiced pork bone soup with a swirl of black garlic, looked and smelled fantastic, but I found that the broth was not as rich as it is at my favorite Westchester ramen place, Fuji Mart Ramen Q’s in Scarsdale. Ramenesque has a great, family-friendly ambience, however, and there’s so much more than just ramen on the menu, including all sorts of Japanese and Korean dishes (gluten-free options are even available), so we’ll be back to sample other items.
14 Marble Avenue, Thornwood, 914-741-5100
1008 Main Street, Peekskill, 914-930-1788


Beef Pho at Dumpling + Noodle
When Saigonese opened in Hartsdale a few years ago, it was literally the only place selling pho in the entire county. Now you can also find it at Dumpling + Noodle in Bronxville, a cute little space on Palmer Avenue. The restaurant tries to do it all, offering just about all the popular Pan-Asian dishes you can think of. We tried the miso ramen, tom yum noodle soup and beef pho, and found the latter to be the best of the three. The brisket is a little too well done for my taste, but the broth is tasty and the noodles are very tender. Bonus points go to this restaurant for its wide selection of Asian drinks, which range from Thai iced tea to bubble tea.
26 Palmer Avenue, Bronxville, 914-779-0902


Soondubu with Kalguksu Noodles at So Gong Dong
It’s hard to find authentic Korean food in Westchester. I’m a bit snobby about it because my husband is Korean-American and I’m used to eating his mother’s delicious cooking. But So Gong Dong in Hartsdale is the real deal. You can come for the Korean barbecue or bibimbop, but what this place specializes in is soondubu, a spicy tofu soup. Opt to add in the chewy kalguksu noodles and you’ve got yourself a bowl of fiery goodness. My kids can’t tolerate the heat, so they get the plain version (not a drop of spice), which is also excellent. In my book, So Gong Dong wins the battle of the Westchester noodle soups. It’s probably where you’ll find me slurping away all winter long.
411 N. Central Avenue, Hartsdale, 914-397-1790

Cantina Lobos Saves Southern Westchester

From the Mexican food doldrums.

January 7, 2017

Warm chips out of the fryer, zesty freshly-blended salsa, guava margaritas. That’s how we spent our Friday night at Cantina Lobos, a new Mexican restaurant in Pelham that encourages patrons to “treat everyday like it’s Taco Tuesday.” The motto, written on chalkboard columns throughout, lives up to its suggestion of fun.


With modern rustic décor and high-top booths – a large illuminated sign greets you with a friendly “Hola” at the bar – Cantina Lobos is a lively spot for a family dinner any night of the week. The menu is friendly to all, offering kids quesadillas, tacos and chicken tenders; the pulled pork in the quesadillas was so tender my husband and I fought over the kids’ leftovers.


But the grown-up fare will keep you coming back. Some of our favorites: the tasty crispy octopus over cannellini beans and chorizo sausage, savory chicken enchiladas served with chipotle crema and microgreens, jumbo tequila shrimp (butter sauce = yum) or my personal favorite, grilled rib-eye pinchos, tender skewered meat marinated in a house-made marinade of honey, chipotle peppers, garlic and lemon.


Of course, there are tacos, too. With lots of options for fillings: slow-roasted pork shoulder, chorizo and onions, portabello tempura, baja fish (cod in a corona beer batter), among others.

The space, which for years was a dive bar, was gutted it to its studs and given a homey touch, with wide-plank wood floors, aqua metal stools and artsy geometric chandeliers. On warm days, a wall of windows slide up to open the restaurant to the outdoors. Come here to grab a drink before heading to Pelham’s historic Picture House movie theater,  a few doors away. Margaritas come slushy or on the rocks; some with sugar and salt on the rim.

Cantina Lobos, 217 Wolf’s Lane, Pelham; open for brunch and lunch. 

Westchester For $600,000 Or Less

A sample of homes on the market.

January 4, 2017

Living in Westchester gives you a skewed idea of housing costs. Case in point: A house for less than $600,000 seems like a steal. Here are some of the best homes on the market in that price range. (P.S. As you can guess, I like porches!)


36 Greenville Road, Katonah
3 Bedroom, 2 Baths
“This 1930’s Katonah village jewel is located in the heart of town, walkable to train, shops, and town park with pool and tennis. The home combines the charm and warmth of the past with the amenities of today’s lifestyle. Hardwood floors on the main level flow throughout the living room with fireplace, dining area, cozy den and guest bedroom. The beautifully renovated kitchen showcases maple cabinetry, granite counters and stainless appliances.”


83 Tappan Landing Road, Tarrytown
3 Bedroom, 1 Bath

“This charming cape is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in one of the most convenient locations in the historic Village of Tarrytown. Well-maintained and surprisingly roomy, this sun-filled gem has two bedrooms on the first floor, living room with fireplace, new (2014) kitchen appliances, master bedroom suite, new (2014) windows and doors, attached garage, walk out lower level, large deck and in-ground sprinklers. ” Also, it has an adorable renovated kitchen with super cool tiles.


690 Saw Mill River Road, Yorktown Heights
3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
“Antique 3 bedroom country Farmhouse on a gorgeous level acre. Home offers a living room, enclosed porch, formal dining room, eat in kitchen, full bath, master bedroom w/ walk in closet, walk up full attic, unfinished walk out basement. On the property is an old 2 story barn with a 2 car garage. Property is currently being used just as a residence but it is zoned Country Commercial so if you ever wanted to set up antique sales in the two story barn or an on going weekend farmers market.”


36 Candlewood Court, Briarcliff Manor
3 Bedroom, 2 Baths
“Pristine move in Colonial with many recent updates inside and out: Washer, dryer, refrigerator, central air, updated kitchen back splash, deck, driveway, and a large walk out unfinished basement with unlimited possibilities. On a sunny Cul-de-sac in the younger recently built Briarbridge Manor neighborhood.”


69 Topland Road, White Plains
3 Bedroom, 2 Baths
“Here is your opportunity to own a classic storybook Tudor in the heart of Havilands Manor. Main level offers generously sized living room with fireplace. large formal dining room and cozy sunroom playroom, all with oak hardwood floors. Wonderful architectural details including solid wood panel doors and cove moldings. Spacious kitchen with pantry, has powder room off to side. Master bedroom easily accommodates a king bed and master bath has 2 skylights.”


582 Viewland Drive, Yorktown Heights
4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
“One of Yorktown’s grand old homes. This stately colonial has been in the same family for 60 years. Rich in history, charm and character. With wide plank floors, 7 fireplaces, glorious windows, the magic continues throughout both public and private levels. Formal and informal rooms blend together for a gracious experience. With a front and back stair for maximum use of all of the six bedrooms, it is the kind of home to get lost in and enjoy the wandering.”


6 Cobblers Way, Cortlandt Manor
4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
“Pristine beauty and rich in detail in this Center Hall Colonial home on a cul de sac with mature plantings and a level private backyard with sprinklers. This immaculate home boasts sun filled windows thru out w/an open floor plan. Spacious front porch has stained wainscoted ceiling, designed with colonial style columns make this an inviting front entrance.”

New Year, New Stuff

But what to do with all that old stuff? Here are some places to donate it.

January 2, 2017

Happy New Year! It’s been a nice, relaxing week around my house, but now that vacation is over, it’s time for me to focus on The Great Purge — organizing and donating all the old toys, clothes and stuff to make room for the new things we got for the holidays. Here are some places to donate your kids’ stuff, including some new ideas for 2017.

Old basket filled with antique wooden toys

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Accepts: Toys, clothing, books, sporting goods, housewares, small appliances (here‘s a complete list)
Benefits: The Big Brothers Big Sisters matching program
Locations: New Rochelle, Mamaroneck, Hartsdale, Yonkers; or schedule a pick-up

Salvation Army
Toys, clothing, books, sporting goods, appliances, furniture (view a complete list after entering your zip code in the “schedule a free pickup” field here)
Benefits: Adult rehabilitation centers
Locations: Peekskill, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Tarrytown, White Plains, Yonkers; or schedule a pick-up

Give Back Box
Put all those empty boxes lying around your house to good use by packing them full of donation items and mailing them off for free to Goodwill.
Accepts: All household items except electronics and liquids (click here for more information)
Benefits: Goodwill
Locations: Print a prepaid shipping label here and drop off your box(es) at any UPS or USPS location.

Kids’ Kloset
This organization is entirely staffed by volunteers who sort through all donations and put together bundles of age-appropriate clothing for local children in need.
Children’s clothing, diaper bags, baby carriers, new diapers (here‘s a complete list)
Benefits: Local families in need
Locations: White Plains and Larchmont

The Sharing Shelf
One of the few places that accepts baby gear such as pack ‘n’ plays and car seats, The Sharing Shelf bundles together age-appropriate items and brings them to Westchester-based families in need.
Baby equipment and children’s clothing (here’s a complete list)
Benefits: Local families in need
Location: Port Chester

Stuffed Animals for Emergencies (S.A.F.E.)
While there isn’t currently a New York-based chapter for this organization, you can mail gently used stuffed animals to any of its chapters around the country, and they’ll go directly to children in need of a cuddly friend.
Accepts: Gently used stuffed animals (here‘s a guideline for cleaning them)
Benefits: Children’s charities around the country
Locations: Mail your stuffed animals to these places

Art + Natural History At Bruce Museum

This Greenwich spot has lots for kids (and grown-ups) to love.

December 30, 2016

Editor’s note: We’re off for the week, but check in every day for re-posts of some of our best ideas for spending the holiday break!

By fifi + hop, Travel and Adventure With Kids

When you live in Westchester, sometimes making it into the city for a museum visit is not in the cards — perhaps not a big enough time window, not in the mood for crowds. Whatever the reason, it’s just not happening. Which is why I like to explore museum alternatives outside of the city. I’ve written about the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in Connecticut (see post here), which is a great, smaller alternative to the Museum of Natural History in New York. Another fabulous Connecticut museum completely worth checking out is the Bruce Museum in Greenwich.


Highly regarded for its collections in art, natural history and science, there is a bit of everything for the curious mind. It’s a small museum, but a good one. With both permanent and temporary exhibitions, there is always something to interest adults and kids alike. It has a terrific natural history section, which is always a huge draw for the kids. Comprised of fossils, mammal and bird mounts, minerals and rocks, and reptiles and skeletons, my girls are engaged from the minute we walk in. They especially love the water tank with crabs, lobster and fish, as well as the diorama of the animals in the woods, a big, intriguing display.

What I really love about the museum is that it also has an art collection, in addition to its science collection, with art mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries. We loved the Hans Hoffman exhibition, which was recently up this past fall. In general there is a good mix of art, science and natural history – a nice, well-rounded collection.


The Bruce Museum has a bunch of Youth and Family programs, such as the Tuesday Toddler Tours (Tuesdays, 11:00-11:45am and 1:00-1:45pm), Stroller Tours (one Wednesday a month, 9:00-10:00am), Sunday Family Gallery Tours (most Sundays, ages 6 to 10, 11:30am-12:30pm), Family Studio Workshops (two Sundays a month, 1:00-3:00pm, $7 for members, $15 for non-members) and School Vacation Workshops (10:00am-12:00pm, grades K-5, $7 for members and $20 for non-members, advanced registration required). For more info, see the museum’s website here.


One final note — across the street is the Bruce Park playground, a huge, awesome playground your kids will be sure to squeal over, and a good way to combine both indoor and outdoor play.

Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT; 203-869-0376. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm; closed Mondays and most major holidays (except for MLK, Presidents’ and Columbus Days).

Visiting the Hudson Valley Museum

The museum in Yonkers features a planetarium, art workshops and beautiful views of the Hudson.

December 29, 2016

Editor’s note: We’re off for the week, but check in every day for re-posts of some of our best ideas for spending the holiday break!

The Hudson River Museum in Yonkers is, as they say, a hidden gem of Westchester. It doesn’t get nearly as much traffic as it should, but is totally worth checking out for its manageable size, inexpensive admission and engaging activities for kids. For our visit on a gray winter day, we were planning on stopping in for a couple of hours and ended up staying until closing.

hudson river museum yonkers

The biggest reason to go is the state-of-the-art planetarium, which is the only one in Westchester. We’ve written about it in the past (post here), but it’s worth mentioning again. The experience is awesome. It feels like you’re watching a 3-D movie about space, only without the annoying glasses. And there are shows geared for kids as young as 4.

hudson river museum planetarium

After the planetarium show, we spent the bulk of our visit at the free art workshop (held every weekend and during most school holidays, from 1 to 4pm), building a model of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Super friendly junior docents handed my kids the art supplies and showed us how to construct the bridge. The kids were very proud of their results.

hudson river museum art workshop

It was half an hour before closing by the time we finished, so we took a whirlwind tour of the rest of the place. We got glimpses of many exhibits that made us want to come back: The extension into the Trevor estate, a Victorian mansion built in 1876 that now features restored interiors and period furniture, including a ginormous dollhouse with so many details you could stare at it for hours. Beautiful oil paintings of residents of the area during the 19th century; my kids were especially interested in the portraits of the children. Displays of sea creatures that inhabit the Hudson (did you know there are seahorses in there?) in a room with a gorgeous panoramic view of the river itself – binoculars are supplied for looking out the windows.

hudson river museum dollhouse

Plus, a brand new play space opened at the museum earlier this month, designed for children ages 4-7. It features a dollhouse, a puppet theater and other fun things for imaginative play. The play space is free with admission from noon to 5pm on weekends.

Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers; 914-963-4550

Scenes From the Westchester Children’s Museum

December 28, 2016

Editor’s note: We’re off for the week, but check in every day for re-posts of some of our best ideas for spending the holiday break! Here’s the good news: Phase one of the Westchester Children’s Museum is now open to the public. There are giant, stuffed blocks for building, magnets for creating, and a wind tunnel […]

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How To: Explore the Liberty Science Center

December 27, 2016

Editor’s note: We’re off for the week, but check in every day for re-posts of some of our best ideas for spending the holiday break! It was one of those 95 degree days — so hot that, as my friend Sara says, “might as well be a blizzard outside.” On impulse, I packed up the kids […]

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School’s Out, But Don’t Panic!

December 26, 2016

We usually make the drive south to visit my relatives in Virginia this time of year, but since my husband’s burned all of his vacation days, we’re resorting to Plan B: staycation. Fortunately, there’s all sorts of ways to keep the kids busy around here this week. Here are some low-cost or free options, which […]

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How to Be a Better Human Being

December 24, 2016

With all of the disappointing (and unsettling) news out these days, I’ve been feeling a bit helpless about what I can do to, well, turn the world around. But last night, my husband and I were out for dinner, and we started talking about how the only way to make things better is to be […]

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